The Journey

Posted Jun 19, 2012 by 7 Comments

The fact that I am spending eight weeks in South Africa hasn’t truly hit home yet.  It still seems to be a long sought after dream I thought I would never see come into fruition.

For me, the road that lead to South Africa wasn’t one filled with clear signs and extreme instances of divine revelation. There were times where I felt uncertain or doubtful that going this summer was really in God’s will for me.

It took time and prayer for me to feel comfortable about making this leap of faith.  Now that I am here, I know I was chosen to be here for a certain purpose!

My vision for the summer may not be completely clear yet.  However, I do know He has called me in the midst of my journey to hold open a window for others to see His love, in what most would call a barren land, in hopes hearts will be stirred!

Here I am here in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa – the AIDS epicenter of the world.  And in the midst of all the darkness that comes with this epidemic, God has taken a strong hold in several organizations right in the middle of the struggle.

This summer I will be embedded with Light Providers, an organization engaging local youth with life skills and leadership programs.  Their hope is to use these programs to equip students with the ability to leave the program and become leaders in the community, while creating strong relationships with Christ.

This organization understands the value of walking alongside individuals as they change and continue to grow into adults.  They know the only true way to make an impact is to be a loving, positive influence in someone’s life.

Light Providers is located in a township, which gives them the opportunity to be on the front lines of the fight against AIDS.  The ultimate hope of Light Providers is to equip and empower youth that are in their community.  The impact that they are making won’t just stop with the lives of those that have walked into their doors.  The greatest impact will occur when these youth step back into their communities and touch other people’s lives in the same way.

While I’m not sure of my daily role just yet, I can promise I will bring you the stories of hope that are coming out of this organization and using these stories to show how God’s spirit is alive and well in this community!

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About the Author: Tyler is a summer intern with World Next Door for 2012. He is currently studying Social Work at IUPUI. He has a hope to see social justice take place in this world through the transforming love of Christ. He loves working out, playing sports, and sometimes thinks he is still going to be a professional athlete. He also listens to Taylor Swift more than he cares to admit.

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  1. John Shirbroun said... 

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    June 19th, 2012 at 9:32 am  

    As I talked to you, I could see your heart. You will do great showing them Jesus.

    • Tyler Perrott said... 

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      June 20th, 2012 at 12:21 pm  

      Thanks! It means a lot to me. I feel as if they will show me Jesus as much I will show them. It is going to be an amazing summer filled with amazing stories.

  2. Emily Williams said... 

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    June 19th, 2012 at 9:53 pm  

    Tyler!!
    I loved reading your first article. I know you are going to do amazing things this summer. I can’t wait to keep up with your journey the next 8 weeks. :)

    • Tyler Perrott said... 

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      June 20th, 2012 at 12:22 pm  

      Thanks so much! It is going to be an amazing/crazy journey! I am sure there will be so many stories all of them wont be able to make it up here! :)

  3. JimM said... 

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    June 20th, 2012 at 11:15 pm  

    “to show how God’s spirit is alive and well in this community!” Tyler, isn’t it cool how you immediately know He has been there long before you even thought about the trip. I wonder if God looks at us some times and says ” Dude what took you so long…?”

    Peace.

    • Tyler Perrott said... 

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      June 22nd, 2012 at 9:27 am  

      Agreed!! He has been working in this community before I showed up and he will continue to work after I am gone. I just get to show up in the story for a couple months.

  4. Barry Rodriguez said... 

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    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:03 am  

    So pumped for you, Tyler. This is going to be an awesome summer. :)

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